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1997-12-05 RTK-002
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Railtrack to invest £75 million in Fenchurch Street Line

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Railtrack plc

Railtrack to invest £75 million in Fenchurch Street Line

5 December 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

A multi-million pound programme of improvements for the Fenchurch Street line was unveiled today by Railtrack. The national rail infrastructure owner is planning to invest [[?£75]] million on the route over the next five years, with a further ? million plus being spent each year on day-to-day maintenance.

Projects include the regeneration of all of the route's stations, track renewals, overhead line replacement, and major bridge works. The work is part of Railtrack's commitment to spend ?million a day over the next 10 years on the nation's rail infrastructure and will help to provide improved journeys for LTS travellers

Work has just started on a ?million new station at West Ham and the revamp of Laindon and Tilbury Town stations is now under way. Limehouse is next in line for a facelift, and work will start next year at Barking, Basildon, Benfleet, Fenchurch Street, Grays, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend Central, Thorpe Bay and Upminster.

The mainly structural work will bring all the stations up to an improved standard. The rest of the route's stations, with the exception of newly-built Chafford Hundred, will be improved over the subsequent three years, with the total spend reaching over [[?£75]] million.

A further ?0,000 has been earmarked by Railtrack for improving security at LTS stations and the company is working in partnership with train operator LTS Rail to decide where this money should be spent. Following an audit of disabled facilities, Railtrack will also be providing ?0,000 of improvements at Fenchurch Street, Grays, Benfleet and Southend Central. Lowered kerbs, induction loops and lower ticket office windows will be installed next year.

Over the coming year more than five-and-a-half miles of track will be renewed at a variety of locations including Fenchurch Street, Ockendon and Pitsea. The work, worth more than ?million, will improve track quality and provide a smoother journey.

An ?million project to upgrade the overhead electrification system started in May. New power cables are being installed between Fenchurch Street and Barking. Altogether, 250 new overhead line masts have been constructed across the route and 300 other mast have had their foundations strengthened. The project will ultimately allow for greater linespeeds over certain sections of track.

Over two-and-a-half million pounds is to be invested in LTS bridges next year. Renewal and strengthening work is planned at Limehouse and Rainham while a number of footbridges in the Southend area will be renewed or repaired. Commenting on the work Railtrack East Anglia director Michael Holden said: "Once we finished the resignalling, our next job was to assess the rest of the infrastructure and renew the parts that could, in future, have caused us problems.

"Nowadays we plan our work to cause the least possible disruption to travellers. None of this work will affect peak time commuters and so far as track renewals are concerned we are trialling weekday night working to stop weekend travellers from having to bear the brunt of the disruptive work. "Together with LTS Rail, and their forthcoming new trains, we are determined to make this railway one that everyone can be proud of. If we are seriously going to get people out of their cars and onto trains we must be able to offer a good reliable train service, with comfortable trains and welcoming stations. I like to think that this work is the start of that railway renaissance."

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